That's about $520 or so in tax money I could have back (probably more, I used 200 million as the number of taxpayers) assuming it comes in on budget (ha!). On something we already did, oh, 45 years ago, right?
My favorite part of the article is how NASA defines failure rates:
Two shuttles and 14 astronauts have been lost over 114 flights, Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003. Nonetheless, NASA puts the existing failure rate for the shuttles at 1-in-220. The failure rate for the crew exploration vehicle is put at 1-in-2,000.
Using government math, 2 lost shuttles in 114 flights = 2 in 220. I sure would like to be able to use that math in my job!
What a waste.